This week, take some time to learn all about Juneteenth, the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas, effectively freeing all remaining enslaved people in the U.S. You could read a book, watch a movie, listen to a podcast, take a virtual tour, or even experience original archival materials relating to Juneteenth to learn about it firsthand. Let us connect you!
Read a Book: Penguin Random House has curated an excellent Juneteenth Reading List which includes both fiction and nonfiction. All of the titles on this list are either owned by the Scranton Library or one of the libraries in our consortium or are on order and will be published later this month. Visit our catalog or call us at (203) 245-7365 to set up a hold!
Watch a Movie: Our streaming service Kanopy has a collection of 25 films about Juneteenth and its legacy in the United States. All you need to access them is your library card!
Listen to a Podcast: National Public Radio’s program “Fresh Air” recorded a podcast on the history of Juneteenth with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed, the author of the NY Times bestseller On Juneteenth. Listen to it here!
Take a Virtual Tour: Google Arts & Culture and the United States Civil Rights Trail have created virtual tours and exhibits on African-American history from real museums around the country. The website Momma Wanderlust has compiled a comprehensive list of these galleries that you can access from your home!
Explore the Archives: The Library of Congress has digitized photographs, documents, sound recordings (including interviews with formerly enslaved people), and much more available through their blog page “Celebrating Juneteenth.” Also, be sure to check out the National Archives page on the Juneteenth Original Document, also known as General Order No. 3, as well as many other similar resources.
Please let us know if you have any questions — we’d be happy to help. Happy Juneteenth!